Theodor S.

My first semester of college has proven to be one of the most demanding experiences regarding the adjustments needed in my lifestyle to prevail. The biggest mistake anyone can make is to underestimate the amount of effort needed for academic success. This is especially true for college freshmen, who tend to compare college with high school, and will find themselves trapped, overwhelmed by the demanding curriculum, failing to notice the problem, which can have dire consequences if not solved quickly. I was one of them, and the problem mentioned is need of change, regarding your lifestyle, study habits, mental focus, and making use of any opportunity presented to you.

I started my college career with a specific idea in my mind. “I will do fine” I thought to myself, never going forward into understanding, let alone planning, of how to do so. The last year of high school was marked by a decline of academic interest, due to the stakes of academic success being lowered. This has never felt like a problem, because just taking it slowly did not seem to have an impact on my mental processes. There was nothing to worry about. In fact everyone around me dubbed college as being somehow easier, due to the idea of self-studying, which felt like a relief rather than turning point for improvement. Somehow self-studying made me think of new study techniques. I needed something that will teach me how to learn. During scheduling in the summer, I found exactly what I needed, in the form of a class called First Year Seminar.

Fast forward to now, I finally realized that there is a problem. All throughout this semester I struggled to find a balance between academics and personal life. Even having a class designed to make me develop new study habits couldn’t open my eyes, and it was my fault. I didn’t think much of it up until a point in which change was past due. With a new semester ahead, I plan to not let that happen again. The contents of that class were exactly what I expected them to be. New study habits and strategies which would make learning more effective. The connection between our brain’s health and the ability to comprehend, reason, and solve. I would make full use of these in the years to come, as well as any other beneficial opportunities of the future.